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Great Plain Squares

Needham, Massachusetts


FAQ about the Great Plain Squares Dance Class



Where is the weekly Dance?

We dance almost every week from September thru May at the Carter Methodist Church, 800 Highland Avenue, Needham Massachusetts. This location is Exit 19C off the highway (Rte. 95/128).

What is the starting date?

September 12, 2018 we start with a free beginner night from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

How long is the class for?

After the first week, class continues from 7:00 p.m. until 8:15 p.m. The duration of the class is from September through May.

What do I learn in those eight months?

The program of calls for those eight months are called Basic and Mainstream, and you will be dancing right away with each week building on the previous week's dancing. You will learn that square dancing energizes the body and the mind and that your daily cares drop away while you are at the dance. You will learn that square dancers are very friendly and will be delighted to teach you what they know.

Where do I park?

You can park in back of the church or on surrounding streets. Enter the door off the parking lot and walk down the stairs to the main hall for the dance.

Do I need a partner?

While having a partner is nice, it is not required. Singles are welcome and we have many singles - both men and women - in the group. Children over age ten are welcome when dancing with a parent.

Do I have to wear those fancy skirts?

After you have danced for awhile, you may decide to wear fancy skirts or shirts, but you are not required to. Many women look for long, colorful skirts that are sold in ordinary stores. Some of the class wears jeans or whatever they are using for business clothes that day. Sneakers are o.k., although the rubber tends to stick while turning and leather soles are recommended.

What is the price for class?

For the class we have a money-saving, time-saving subscription in blocks of 6 weeks. The price is $40 per person for 6 nights. This is a savings of over $1:00 per night that the members pay per evening. Members pay $8:00 per night. This includes a live caller, music all evening, lessons, a few snacks (depending on who feels like cooking or baking), water and a cozy environment with bathrooms nearby.

Who tends to be good at square dancing?

There are many people who have never danced at all in their lives and now they are good square dancers. People who have taken other dance forms fit in easily. People who like thinking of geometric shapes and patterns seem to like this activity. Families often come with the whole family as a way of family bonding, and the children take to it very quickly. We dance for ourselves; we do not compete, but occasionally we do show off our dancing to the community in order to get more beginning dancers.

Suppose I can't come on the first day?

We will also accept beginners on the following Wednesday. After that, call us to find out the specifics of that year's class. If you know you catch onto dance steps easily in general, you might have success if you need to join later. Call Paul at 781-801-0725. He has over 30 years of square dance experience and knows all the answers! Or you can call Noreen the class coordinator at 781-326-0868 or send her an email

To see the Class Handbook click here.

To see the Class Schedule click here.

To see the Class Square Dance Calls click here.

To see what Mainstream dancing looks like, (which you'll be doing)! Check out this Youtube video.


 Beginner Square Dance

Our club, the Great Plain Squares, is hosting a free night on September 12 to introduce new dancers to square dancing. You don't need a partner and you will learn the basics of square dancing and be actually dancing within minutes. To make it even better, this first lesson is free.  We call it our "Fun Night" because you start having fun from the first minute. This Fun Night event goes from 7:00- 9:00 p.m. and you can wear whatever you like.


If you are intrigued by our friendly, happy group, you can sign up for lessons that will make you a great square dancer in the future. The lessons are progressive and meet every Wednesday from 7:00-8:15 p.m. 


If you can't make the Fun Night on September 12, then come September 19 and we will catch you up. 


All our Wednesday evening dances feature a live caller (teacher/singer), danceable music, free food and lots of people who want to meet you and show you the joy of square dancing - great for your mind, your body and your health.

Caller: Bob Butler
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: Carter Memorial Church
                  800 Highland Avenue
                  Needham MA

Classes continue every Wednesday 7:00 to 8:15 p.m.

Beginner Dance Flyer click here

For the Class FAQ you can view it here.